PACEY striker Andy Mangan has set his sights on getting goals on his return to Accrington Stanley.
The 21-year-old has re-signed for the Reds on a month’s loan from League Two rivals Bury and is keen to get on the goal trail.
He has scored five times for the Shakers despite starting just eight games and making 18 appearances off the bench.
"I just want to do my best," said the lively hitman, who left the Reds in the summer after two seasons at the FES. "And if I get a few goals then that’s good too.
"The lads at Accrington don’t need my help to stay up this season as they will be fine but hopefully I can give them something a bit different and use my pace to score a few goals."
‘Mangy’ showed what he could do by scoring and making one in Bury’s victory over the Reds earlier this season.
"I have done quite well at Bury. I have scored five goals, got a few assists and won a few penalties.
"I was flying earlier in the season but then I had a double hernia operation in December and I haven’t played since. But now I am fully recovered and am getting back to fitness.
"I am just glad to be coming back for a month. I never wanted to leave Accrington in the first place.
"It was just the situation and I had to do it for myself. I have done okay for Bury and the new manager Alan Knill has told me to go for a month and get fit.
"A few clubs came in for me but I only wanted to come back to Accrington. I have kept in touch with Coley and a lot of the lads so I am back to the old banter."
Some Stanley fans may be worried about Mangan’s discipline after two sendings off last season for the Reds but he says he has learnt his lesson.
"When I got sent off against Hartlepool for Accrington, I swore I would never get sent off again," said Mangan who joins Ian Craney and Andy Todd in returning to the Reds this season. "And I haven’t picked up a booking since so touch wood I will keep this going."
Manager John Coleman is hoping Mangan can recreate his form he showed in spells for the Reds - and against them at Gigg Lane - as 17th placed Stanley look to put a bigger gap than eight points between them and the drop zone. "We needed a bit of cover in the striker department. We know a lot about Andy’s strengths, especially coming of the bench, and he is another alternative," said Coleman.
"It makes it easier that he knows the club but I am not signing him for that. Everyone knows I wanted another striker and there are not a lot available but Andy is and we know all about him.
"He scored five goals for Bury in not a great deal of starts and he can maybe give us a couple of goals."
And Mangan may not be the last addition.
Coleman is on the hunt for a centre half and admits he did enquire about ex-Morecambe defender Chris Blackburn, now at Swindon.
"That was a while ago but now I am waiting to hear from an experienced centre half in League Two," he said.
But Blackpool defender Phil Doughty has returned to the seaside after three games for the Reds on loan.
"Phil is a good footballer and he didn’t do anything wrong but we really need someone with experience."
And it is a huge two games for the Reds as they face Stockport County and Brentford in the space of four days, both at the Fraser Eagle Stadium.
Both teams have got one over on the Reds already this season.
Stockport saw off Stanley at Edgeley Park with goals from Michael Rose and Anthony Elding.
They have highly rated teenage striker Tommy Rowe in their pack who was watched by more than 60 scouts on Saturday after scoring four goals in the last three games.
Keeper Conrad Logan is suspended so they may call on transfer-listed Chris Adamson if they don’t add a new face before the weekend.
Meanwhile, Brentford only faced the Reds last Saturday in their 3-1 win.
"We go into both with our confidence quite high," said Coleman as he looks to halt a run which has seen his side lose seven of their last nine games and with just four wins out of their 15 games at home all season.
"We haven’t been particularly good at home but other teams in our league are also struggling at home - it seems to be one of those things.
"However our last two performances against Lincoln and Brentford have deserved more and I am sure, if we keep turning in these performances, we will get our rewards.
"I have watched Stockport a couple of times but the main thing is to worry about ourselves.
"I just want us to carry on playing as we have as that is the right direction and we will get the results. We have just got to stop conceding silly goals."
Coleman will be without midfielder Jay Harris who is suspended for one game after picking up five bookings this season.
But striker Leighton McGivern is back in to training this week following an ankle injury.
He was due to play alongside Mangan in the reserve clash against Burnley reserves which was postponed on Wednesday due to a frozen pitch.
Defender Robbie Williams is still battling to overcome a knee injury.
* ACCRINGTON Stanley reserves are at home to Manchester City reserves next Wednesday (ko 7pm).
* LEAGUE Two rivals Rotherham, currently in the play-off zone, could go into administration for the second season running and face a 10 points deduction if there is not an injection of money into the club.
* DAVID Brown’s one month loan spell at Rushden and Diamonds is up next week and he could return to Accrington from the Blue Square Premier side. Brown has started all four games for Rushden so far.